I'm a laundry expert – here's how to keep school uniforms fresh without having to do a mid-week wash | The Sun

WHEN the kids are back at school, the laundry bin seems to never go down no matter how many washes we put on.

But according to one expert, it doesn’t have to be this way – you can spare yourself from mid-week washes with a homemade cleaning product. 

Alex Econs at ICON Printing recommended making a “baking soda scrub” to get stains and odours out of school uniforms. 

ICON Printing specialises in custom and sustainable branded clothing, so founder Alex knows a thing or two about good laundry. 

From art class mishaps to grass stains, it can feel like school uniforms need washing every day to stay looking smart.

However, mixing baking soda with a small dash of water to form a paste can do the trick.

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“For tougher stains, mix baking soda with a small amount of water until you have a thick paste-like consistency,” Alex said.

“Use an old toothbrush or cloth to gently work this into the stain. 

“Let the paste sit for half an hour before rinsing with cold water.”

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Furthermore, if your child's uniform starts to smell a bit less than fresh but isn’t wash-worthy yet, you can use baking soda to absorb odours overnight.

“Baking soda is a natural deodoriser and can help to eliminate unwanted smells from clothing,” Alex explained. 

“Fill a small pouch of baking soda (or even leave out an open box) near the uniform overnight for a natural refresh.”

The clothing whizz also suggested using hairspray to remove ink stains from polo shirts. 

“Spray a small amount directly onto the stain, let it sit for a minute, and then wipe with a clean cloth to watch the stain disappear,” he said. 

Another uniform laundry chore is the dreaded Sunday night ironing session.

But you can slash time spent on this too, according to laundry expert Gwil Snook.

He laid out his top five tips to keep polo shirts and pinafores crease-free straight out of the wash with minimal effort required.

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